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Marshall says Roethlisberger “tried to hit us with the okie doke”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in the wild-card round. And he then made it sound a lot worse than a sprain of the AC joint, voluntarily disclosing that he also had torn ligaments in the shoulder.

The spontaneous admission during a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh seemed fishy to many, and the Broncos didn’t buy it.

“Well, we knew he was gonna play and we knew he was gonna come out healthy,” linebacker Brandon Marshall told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “Definitely when he threw the first pass of the game, he threw a deep ball. All that stuff he was saying in the media about torn ligaments and all that other stuff, but he came out and took a shot deep and we were like, ‘Oh, okay. They tried to hit us with the okie doke because of the, oh, he’s hurt, he’s this, you know. But we prepared like he was gonna come out and play well, which he did.”

It’s actually odd that the Steelers went deep right away. To make the “okie doke” work, they should have gone with a few short passes and running plays early, making the Broncos think Roethlisberger really couldn’t uncork it. With the Broncos already thinking that Roethlisberger was deliberately embellishing the injury and expecting him to be able to make all the throws, the Steelers dialed up the deep ball at a time when the Broncos were far more likely to expect it.

As noted by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers were “quietly upset” that players like Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib suggested after Sunday’s game that Roethlisberger was faking the injury. But it’s not that anyone thinks he wasn’t injured; the suspicion arose after Roethlisberger tried to make the injury seem worse than it was, which in turn was aimed at creating the impression he would be more limited than he actually was.

Still, even without receiver Antonio Brown, a banged-up Roethlisberger and the Steelers nearly had enough to win. If the team can avoid major injuries in 2016, they will be a threat to make a run at their seventh Super Bowl title — and a third ring would nail down a spot in Canton for Roethlisberger, his busted shoulder, and any other injuries he has exaggerated or embellished, dating all the way back to his rookie season, when he claimed after a loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game that he played with broken toes and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher didn’t hesitate to publicly say the toes weren’t broken.

Which is another way of saying, a dozen years ago, that Ben was faking it.

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68 Responses to “Marshall says Roethlisberger “tried to hit us with the okie doke””
  1. liberalmel says: Jan 19, 2016 7:40 AM

    #Pray4Ben

  2. bonniebengal says: Jan 19, 2016 7:42 AM

    I wouldn’t give them the Super Bowl crown yet. They have a tough division to play in. The Bengals, Ravens, and now even the Browns are tough, hard hitting teams.

  3. dansardo says: Jan 19, 2016 7:42 AM

    The donkey morons just can’t shut up can they? They barely beat a team that has a horrible defense and missing their biggest playmakers on offense and you would think they went 19 – 0. They are getting clown stomped on Sunday and even that won’t shut their classes mouths up

  4. snowdood163 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:47 AM

    Dansardo, I’m pretty sure he was being interviewed. You know, the WINNING TEAM’S players are generally asked to do that. Quit crying so hard dude.

    Why does Ben have to play up his injuries like that? That’s as bad as a team lying on an injury report.

  5. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 19, 2016 7:49 AM

    Only Steelers fans believed him. I was hoping he pull off a win.

    Strange, the love for this team that has been caught in so many lies.

  6. 6superbowls says: Jan 19, 2016 7:53 AM

    Brandon Marshall and Aqib Tailb. Two class acts. (Sarcasm…)

  7. tdubdizzle says: Jan 19, 2016 7:55 AM

    Watching the games and listening to Mike Tomlins interviews one things for sure.

    The Steelers are definitely fans of Makaveli.

  8. tdubdizzle says: Jan 19, 2016 7:56 AM

    Antonio Brown is the best wide receiver of our era. Enjoy it while it last.

  9. taylormaximus says: Jan 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    I live in Pittsburgh and it’s a known fact that Big Ben likes to embellish his injuries all the time. I think him and Bill Cowher actually got into it about that very thing. Other teams and players just notice it now. He’s still a tough player and will play the game when injured. Just sometimes he can stub his toe and limp like he broke his foot for the rest of the game!

  10. qbarrel says: Jan 19, 2016 8:05 AM

    “Okie Doke”??? Is that like Rope-A-Dope?

  11. ikeclanton says: Jan 19, 2016 8:07 AM

    He’s a great quarterback and should knock all that off. Don’t talk about injuries at all–it’s pretty simple.

  12. cincy85 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:10 AM

    2016 playoffs: steelers 0-2
    Nfl is rigged

  13. carloswlassiter says: Jan 19, 2016 8:10 AM

    tdubdizzle says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:55 AM

    The Steelers are definitely fans of Makaveli.
    ————————————————————-
    Or maybe Machiavelli.

  14. tomthebombtracy says: Jan 19, 2016 8:13 AM

    Hey, Marshall, you should be worried that a banged up QB with a banged up line with its top receiver out with a third string back replacing two other stars…you got ripped for well over 300 yards again.

    Don’t think that the Pats won’t look at that film and the previous torch job of your D in the regular season by Ben………..and expose you. The myth and the mouth….your season’s going south.

  15. realdealsteel says: Jan 19, 2016 8:14 AM

    Funny, I don’t hear any doctor denying Ben’s injuries. Could it be that he’s just one tough SOB and plays threw them?

  16. jimbo75025 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:18 AM

    Yeah…..not like Ben has a history of making it seem he is on deaths door and then managing to play the next week or anything.

  17. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 19, 2016 8:27 AM

    This team was aided by blatant PI calls that weren’t called. Still, the team surprised me. They greatly need help in the secondary and some depth in a few other areas but this is a solid team. 3rd against the run, 11th in scoring defense and 3rd in sacks…31st in passing yards was alarming.

    Broncos should be sending Burfict a thank you gift for helping them win. Ben racked up 300+ yards without Brown, imagine what would’ve happened with him. Good effort, great season, now they just need to stay healthy and build on it.

  18. whocares69 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:27 AM

    Big Jen got sand in his lady parts and was carted off after the game.

  19. bernieknowsfootball says: Jan 19, 2016 8:28 AM

    The more you feel sorry for me, the better I play !!!

  20. citizenstrange says: Jan 19, 2016 8:29 AM

    On that first deep pass Wheaton was open by 5 yards and Small Ben in Big Games missed him by 10. Sigh.

  21. 700levelvet says: Jan 19, 2016 8:32 AM

    Him being a drama queen is really nothing new…

  22. lackofabetter says: Jan 19, 2016 8:32 AM

    Its kinda like when Peyton “faked” being down and then got up and made a play. But to Broncos fans thats a heads up Veteran move, not an okie doke

  23. grant35 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:33 AM

    Is that the best thing you can come up with, Marshall? So a guy embellishes an injury – so what. Manning embellished giving himself up on a play, got up, and threw a pass. Should have been whistled dead. Bet a roughing QB penalty would’ve been called if he got hit after getting up. The QB “giving himself up” rule will definitely be analyzed by the league after that fiasco.

  24. willycents says: Jan 19, 2016 8:40 AM

    Beat the Pats fans here except for one. lol Waiting for the rest.
    I have been watching the NFL for 50 years. I have never seen a player play through as many life threatening injuries as Big Ben. Seems as though every year he plays through a career ending injury three or four times.

  25. kremis says: Jan 19, 2016 8:42 AM

    Listen, Since the Steelers were destroyed by Tebow in the Playoffs years ago, they are now under the tebow curse. They have one * playoff win since. (They needed coaches to go onto the field to provoke the bengals, which was learned behavior from Tomlin’s little escapade to go onto the field). The curse is real and the frauds from Pittsburgh were only in the playoffs because they played 5 back up QB’s down the stretch and a backup QB in the playoffs. In the end the Tebow curse prevailed in so many ways!

  26. weepingjebus says: Jan 19, 2016 8:42 AM

    And BSPN spent all week suggesting the Patriots were the ones playing games with the injury report. Typical.

  27. zack2482 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:44 AM

    Thank you for calling out this Drama Queen for what he is. There is no way he could have played in this game with all these claimed injuries.

  28. jjb0811 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:47 AM

    It takes ben 3 rings too get to canton but only 1 for PM & Arron? Lame that only media gets to vote and they only vote for their ‘friends’.

  29. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jan 19, 2016 8:49 AM

    I do remember seeing an article about gronk embellishing his injuries but I don’t recall one about Big Ben embellishing his.,,,,,,,

  30. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 19, 2016 8:53 AM

    the league looks at everything else, it’s time for them to start looking at Roethlisberger for embellishing injuries to obtain a competitive advantage. The injury report is the injury report other than that players should not be commenting on their health.

  31. awdlmd says: Jan 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    According to Simms the deep pass on the first play was an audible. Regardless, the Broncos have given him plenty of time to heal up just like they did 4 years ago.

  32. truthfactory says: Jan 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    I’ve seen players limp off to the locker room with torn ACL’s… But Ben took a cart because of a sprained shoulder??

    Not saying he wasn’t injured, but he’s definately a little bit of a diva when it comes to wanting to embelish his injuries a bit. You can be tough AND a diva. They are not mutually exclusive.

  33. candrwells says: Jan 19, 2016 9:00 AM

    I’m just guessing here, but he might have thrown that deep pass first because he had recently got a pain killing injection and that’s when the arm felt best. If he was unsure whether he could do it later in the game, best to try and score quickly with a long pass early.

  34. urmomsmyho says: Jan 19, 2016 9:01 AM

    How does an “okie doke” apply in this situation?
    Some of these players are just plain moronic!

  35. clelek05 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:01 AM

    This guy talks a lot huh? Wow

  36. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 19, 2016 9:02 AM

    I’m shocked anyone would think Big Ben is dishonest. After all, he’s led such an exemplary life off the field as well as on. Apparently, once you get away with lying, you just can’t stop.

  37. jobotjones says: Jan 19, 2016 9:03 AM

    Loved the play call, play action deep ball on the first play.

    If they hit a home run with that it’s a huge boost of confidence and early points against a good defense.

    Ben is the only qb to throw for 300+ against them this year, and he did it twice.

  38. mayson419 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:05 AM

    I love how all these steelers fans have something go against them and it’s either the refs fault, rodger Goodells fault, or they are just plain classless. If vontaze burfict played for the steelers they would already have a statue of him.

  39. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:09 AM

    Ben’s Life Matters!

  40. seabassfan says: Jan 19, 2016 9:11 AM

    If the Steelers want to win the SB next year they need two things 1) Burfict’s suspension to be upheld and 2) play the Bengals 2 of their first 3 games otherwise Tez is going to tear them a new one.

  41. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:11 AM

    He was faking it. And he’s a flat out liar. So what else is new? Still a great QB.

  42. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    Ben Roethlisberger … the reigning Drama Queen of the NFL.

  43. corduroy88 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    I thought the Steelers should have lulled the Broncos into believing he couldn’t throw deep, and then hit a long one when they least expected it.

  44. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 19, 2016 9:18 AM

    “Which is another way of saying, a dozen years ago, that Ben was faking it.”

    Somebody get Ben a retroactive Grammy – Adam Jones

  45. stealthjunk says: Jan 19, 2016 9:24 AM

    When was the last time a player hyped up his injury more than Roethlisberger did before this game? Belichick would be rolling in his bed if his players spoke so freely about their injuries. The only reason anyone would be so “forthcoming” about the severity of an injury is to mislead the opponent.

    It was a good attempt and frankly it might have made the Broncos overconfident, hence Ben torching their secondary. You Steelers fans need to realize there are a lot of behind-the-scenes games that get played each week. I’m not sure why you’re so angry about learning that type of gamesmanship goes on. It’s as if you just learned Santa Claus isn’t real and choose not to believe it.

  46. steelcurtainn says: Jan 19, 2016 9:24 AM

    Marshall and Talib clearly have no idea what their talking about. Taking a shot deep on the opening play has nothing to do with it. Would you like Big Ben to clearly hand you over the playbook on all their short passes that day? Of course, he was going to take a few deep shots. Big Ben was clearly still hurting and to think otherwise is completely absurd.

  47. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 19, 2016 9:48 AM

    Hey citizenstrange, how is 4-5 drops Ben’s fault? How is the refs not calling 2-3 obvious PI’s in the end zone Ben’s fault? Ben is the only QB to throw for 300 yards on the Broncos defense this year, he not only did it once but twice. Take off your hate googles for a minute and realize this wasn’t on Ben this time.

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    I’m shocked anyone would think Big Ben is dishonest. After all, he’s led such an exemplary life off the field as well as on. Apparently, once you get away with lying, you just can’t stop.

    Sorta like Ray Lewis… Now I get it

  49. citizenstrange says: Jan 19, 2016 11:20 AM

    “He was trying to Okily Dokily us!” — Ned Flanders

  50. ajgreenhof says: Jan 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    Nearly enough doesn’t count for anything!

  51. Florio is Rooneys Lovechild says: Jan 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    Would you buy a used car from this man?

  52. mitchitized says: Jan 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    What I find ironic to an epic extreme is two things combined:

    1) Ben is always playing with broken toes, ruptured spleen, missing pancreas, etc., and
    2) Nobody is EVER flagged for roughing #7, EVER.

    So you got a guy getting whalloped all the time, many dirty hits that never get called, and even the papercuts get the “well hopefully I won’t die by the end of the season” treatment…

    What a combo!

  53. baddegg says: Jan 19, 2016 12:22 PM

    Pac Man Jones is flabbergasted.

  54. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:37 PM

    Tomlin’s teams — the ones without Cowher-coached players — have been sloppy, reckless and undisciplined.
    Those are the 3 reasons they keep losing against lousy teams (11-15 since 2012).
    Those are also the 3 reasons they are through winning Super Bowls with Tomlin as their coach.

  55. Deb says: Jan 19, 2016 1:16 PM

    He went downfield on the first pass because they hoped to score a TD. If he hadn’t overthrown the receiver, they would have, and it wouldn’t have mattered that the cat was out of the bag.

    Rothlisberger did suffer a shoulder injury that might have kept him out of the game if not for the drugs that ensured he felt no pain. But yes, he exaggerated the extent of the injury. All of us knew he didn’t have torn ligaments because a) that never came from the team, and b) he couldn’t have played with torn ligaments no matter what they shot into that shoulder.

    Was Ben playing up his heroism … or the shell game teams have played for years to keep opponents guessing about injuries? Who knows? I’ve seen the guy play with significant injuries, and I’ve seen him exaggerate his injuries. He’s played brilliantly, and he’s played like a chump. He can be one of the best in the league, and he can make me want to wring his neck.

  56. bkostela says: Jan 19, 2016 1:19 PM

    It’s actually odd that the Steelers went deep right away. To make the “okie doke” work, they should have gone with a few short passes and running plays early, making the Broncos think Roethlisberger really couldn’t uncork it. With the Broncos already thinking that Roethlisberger was deliberately embellishing the injury and expecting him to be able to make all the throws, the Steelers dialed up the deep ball at a time when the Broncos were far more likely to expect it.
    ___________________________________

    Your first sentence proves why this was a good call by the Steelers. The Broncos prepared as if the Steelers were going to do what you just said: “a few short passes and running plays early”, but instead they went deep right away, and (aside from a bad pass) almost caught the defense off guard.

  57. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 19, 2016 1:37 PM

    If I were a Steelers’ fan, I’d really be angry at Ben. All he cares about is looking like a hero. Look at the beatdown last year by the Ravens. He gets knocked out, leaves the game, their backup marches them down the field just fine, and then Ben insists on coming back and throws a game ending pick in the end zone. As for last week, that so-called last minute drive was a giant gift from the refs who failed to recognize that Steelers’ coaches, just like the players, are now deliberating trying to start fights in order to draw flags. Hilarious. What a bunch of slime balls.

  58. troy43mvp says: Jan 19, 2016 2:20 PM

    For those that like to call Ben a drama queen, could you please use the whole name. 2 Time Superbowl Champion Drama Queen! Thanks!

  59. realpatsfan says: Jan 19, 2016 3:33 PM

    This Marshall guy can run his mouth and make accusations, He shouldn’t throw stones.
    He has a history himself .

  60. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 19, 2016 5:18 PM

    If I were a Steelers’ fan, I’d really be angry at Ben. All he cares about is looking like a hero. Look at the beatdown last year by the Ravens. He gets knocked out, leaves the game, their backup marches them down the field just fine, and then Ben insists on coming back and throws a game ending pick in the end zone. As for last week, that so-called last minute drive was a giant gift from the refs who failed to recognize that Steelers’ coaches, just like the players, are now deliberating trying to start fights in order to draw flags. Hilarious. What a bunch of slime balls.

    Slime balls? Tebow dude did you forget about the statue…. You know … To a felon.

    Be has Wawa-Ed about injuries before some times justified some times not. If it helps a little bit great no harm no foul.

  61. 6superbowls says: Jan 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    WAIT A MINUTE??? I just found this is the SAME Brandon Marshall that was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars…. this kid has ZERO credibility and ZERO history in the NFL.

    And now he’s calling out Gronk???

    LOL I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this clown Sunday and see how he covers Gronk.

    SHUT UP kid and play football!!!

  62. beastmode5150 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:41 PM

    I have NEVER been so shocked in my life to hear that someone thinks Ben is faking an injury, or embellishing things to look like a tough guy. It’s even worse seeing that he is like 6’5″ 260 and looks like a hot wing eating champion.

  63. rastanati says: Jan 19, 2016 9:18 PM

    If we are going to be entirely accurate the name is ……

    2 Time Super Bowl Champion Rapist Drama Queen.

  64. aptpupil77 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:27 AM

    Dansardo, I’m pretty sure he was being interviewed. You know, the WINNING TEAM’S players are generally asked to do that. Quit crying so hard dude.

    Why does Ben have to play up his injuries like that? That’s as bad as a team lying on an injury report.

    I’d say there should be some proof to back up these claims. I’ve yet to see a Dr. Or anyone else that might have CREDIBLE insight dispute Bens and the steelers claims. You say “WINNING TEAM” like it was destruction. One might go so far as to say the GIFTED TEAMM. Considering the broncos 3 biggest plays were all three “assisted”.

    1.first punt return- block in the back right at the point of attack. Return leaves broncos in fg range

    2. Anderson 34 yard run. The center literally tackled mclendon at the point of attack.

    3. The manning slide that while it didnt end up as points, it did flip field posistion by 35 yards.

    Im sure you will say the steelers were gifted calls too. The ben “fumble”. He was called in the grass and the fumble occurred after the play was dead. Then the muffed punt that i see so many bronco fans suggest should have been down at the 1 or a safety. They all forgot about the illegal formation on denver that would have resulted as a rekick even if the call was wrong so no harm there. Throw in the no calls against talib in the endzone twice and i think its fair to say the officials played a role in the outxome.

    Even with all of that the steelers had a good chance to win and minus some questionable coaching decisions (which i mostly blame the outcome on ) they probably should have. They were the better team most of the game. Credit the broncos though for making plays in the end when they had to.

  65. steelersnowand4ever says: Jan 20, 2016 9:06 AM

    History repeating itself? I can recall a preseason game back in the 1980s when Terry Bradshaw was carted of the field on a stretcher right before halftime and then he led the team back on the field to begin the second half. Ben’s taking lessons from Bradshaw on this…. GO STEELERS!!

  66. gmfw7 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:20 AM

    it’s awesome when a guy who’s name is “6superbowls” tries to take a shot at the character of the guy being interviewed because he has mistaken him for a player of the same name, who doesn’t play on that team or the same position. yea “your team” has 6 superbowls, and you’re just another bandwagon fan with very little knowledge of the game. clown.

  67. chrisk61 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:53 AM

    steelers lost and are done for the yr. now Pittsburgh fans get to focus on that train wreck known as the penguins, with syndi crosby and phil kessel as co-conductors.

    afc champ gm — NE vs denv — is hard to handicap. NEs offense is better than the injury-riddled pitt offense. but pitt’s defense is better than NE’s.

    bottom line…if denv put 23 up against pitt, they are probably good for 30 + vs NE.

    safe route may be to bet the OVER

  68. abninf says: Jan 23, 2016 7:59 AM

    Cell phone destroyed in the car before walking in to be questioned. The Deflator. Enough said.

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